About this product
|Record Label:||MCA (USA)|
|Genre:||Rock & Pop|
|Number Of Discs:||1|
1. Black Cow
3. Deacon Blues
5. Home at Last
6. I Got the News
|Playing Time:||40 min.|
|Contributing Artists:||Larry Carlton, Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, Steve Gadd, Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, Bernard Purdie|
Steely Dan: Donald Fagen (vocals, keyboards); Walter Becker (guitar).Additional personnel includes: Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Dean Parks (guitar); Tom Scott (tenor saxophone, lyricon); Wayne Shorter, Pete Christlieb (tenor saxophone); Plas Johnson (horns); Victor Feldman (keyboards, vibraphone, percussion); Joe Sample, Michael Omartian (keyboards); Chuck Rainey (bass); Paul Humphrey, Bernard Purdie, Steve Gadd (drums); Tim Schmit, Clydie King, Michael McDonald (background vocals).Engineers include: Roger Nichols, Elliot Scheiner, Bill Schnee.Recorded at Village Recorders, Los Angeles, California; Producer's Workshop, Warner Brothers North Hollywood Recording Studios, ABC Recording Studios, Sound Labs, Hollywood, California; A&R Studios, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.All tracks have been digitally remastered.This represents the pinnacle of Steely Dan's gradual transition from rock band to their own brand of jazz-influenced white soul. Guitars were replaced by keyboards, and saxophones became more common. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were only interested in spending time in the recording studios, while the fans pined and waited. The result set new standards in recorded excellence, and is regularly used as a hi-fi shop demonstration. The ambitious title track was deemed too difficult for radio play and only the two overtly accessible tracks `Josie' and `Peg', gave them valuable exposure.
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- michelangelo147...Jul 14, 2006by
Aja by Steely Dan :Classic 1999 CD
You may think buying this CD isn't worth it since it's only 39 minutes of "jazz-influenced white soul" music with only 7 tracks, but look at which ones they are:<br><br>Track listing<br>1. Black Cow<br>2. Aja<br>3. Deacon Blues<br>4. Peg<br>5. Home At Last<br>6. I Got The News<br>7. Josie<br><br>All tracks have been digitally remastered. I find their music soothingly truthful and addictive. If I play it, I play it for hours I get so into it. It's a moody type of CD that I have to need it to play it. I like it's perfectionist musical precision, and originality. There's still no one like them.<br><br>Donald Fagen (vocals, keyboards) & Walter Becker (guitar) are the main Steely Dan band. Neither of them had any interest in performing out of the studio. So they didn't.<br><br>For this CD they had a wide range of musicians recording with them:<br><br>Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Dean Parks (guitar); Tom Scott (tenor saxophone, lyricon); Wayne Shorter, Pete Christlieb (tenor saxophone); Plas Johnson (horns); Victor Feldman (keyboards, vibraphone, percussion); Joe Sample, Michael Omartian (keyboards); Chuck Rainey (bass); Paul Humphrey, Bernard Purdie, Steve Gadd (drums); Tim Schmit, Clydie King, Michael McDonald (background vocals).<br><br>Let's just say they do real pro music that's extremely technical, without sounding so. Gotta have it.Read full review
- toycrazy0_2Sep 30, 2014by
Digitally remastered is the way to go
The sound of this c.d. is better than the original vinyl recording. The clarity is superb. I'm loving this album all over again.
- tishdowns2000May 16, 2013by
AJA my favorite album of all time!
have the LP from 1976. absolutely love this album. had to get the CD. every song a classic. sexy cool
- drummer991Dec 3, 2012by
Great CD would buy a second copy .......
A premier addition to your music collection a great drummers cd , plenty to learn from these tracks.
- marceloeduardod...Mar 2, 2012by
Aja. Steely Dan made one of the best albuns in the history of pop music.
Aja (1977) is one the best recorded albuns in all the time. The perfection into composing, playing and recording became this album a reference to the state of art in pop music.<br><br>A rock band with a jazz musicians, acid lyrics, tasty arrangments and a cult way of living and writing.<br><br>This is Steely Dan! A must have album.